The FCC is stepping up their game in an effort to restrict the intrusive and annoying Robo calls also known as Robot calls. Many of us receive these types of calls on a daily basis. A Robo call is a phone call that uses a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message. This type of tactic allows the initiator to make more calls than a human in a given day. Many Robo calls are engineered to scam consumers out of money trying to sell fake products and services that come with a bunch of false promises. If you call these numbers back, the likelihood of reaching a human is very unlikely. When you do call, you will get the number you are trying to reach is no longer in service.
According to the FCC, unwanted calls are far and away the biggest consumer complaint to the FCC with over 200,000 complaints each year. In 2016 according to the FCC, consumers in the U.S. received approximately 2.4 billion robocalls per month. That’s a big number!
The most common types of Robo calls are;
- Student loans
- Health insurance enrollment
- Extended Auto Warranty
- Cash Loans
- Car Loans
- Credit Card Offers
- Fraud Warnings
- Time Shares
- Cheap Cruises
- IRS related
- Congrats You Won
That’s quite a list of the types of Robo calls that occur everyday. There’s not much you can do to prevent these incoming calls. You can block these calls, but these callers/scammers have hundreds, if not thousands of numbers they can call from. If you are getting calls from the same number, block it. Learn how to block Robo calls on an iPhone or Android device here. These callers also use local area codes (spoofing) tricking the consumer into thinking it’s a local call and more than likely they will answer the call. The best thing to do is not answer calls you don’t recognize. Just end the call and block that phone number.
The FCC is working diligently to end Robo calls for good. This helps for two reasons;
- No more annoying calls from scammers or even businesses trying to earn your business unethically.
- Consumers will answer calls more likely when Robo calls become illegal and come with hefty fines.
Thanks to FCC Chairman Pai who launched several important public policy initiatives to help combat unlawful robocalls and malicious caller ID spoofing. Watch the YouTube video below to learn more on how the FCC’s push to combat Robo calls.